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Most Inclusive: 1,344thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,403rdNicest Citizens: 1,608th
The People's Republic of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
aeternae libertatis
Christian Moreau
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Balist

Population8.703 billion

CapitalTurica
LeaderChristian Moreau
FaithPerisium

CurrencyCredits
AnimalTiger

The People's Republic of Balist is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Christian Moreau with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, compulsory gun ownership, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.703 billion Balistians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Turica. The average income tax rate is 96.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Balistian economy, worth a remarkable 1,635 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 187,874 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Balist to be bombproof, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, and a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balist's national animal is the Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Perisium.

Balist is ranked 205,580th in the world and 2,072nd in 10000 Islands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -20.93 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Inclusive: 1,344thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,403rdNicest Citizens: 1,608thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,709thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,861stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,908thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 2,128thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,175thHealthiest Citizens: 2,343rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,480thMost Developed: 2,624thSafest: 2,630thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,665thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,728thMost Cultured: 2,739thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,811thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,098thSmartest Citizens: 3,235thLargest Governments: 3,349thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,421stLowest Crime Rates: 3,473rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,620thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,669thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,900thMost Influential: 4,057thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,087thBest Weather: 4,509thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,973rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,004thMost Pacifist: 6,052ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,254thHighest Average Incomes: 7,490thHighest Economic Output: 9,483rdMost Armed: 9,683rdNudest: 9,877thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 12,599thMost Efficient Economies: 13,526thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,836thMost Secular: 17,430thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,552nd
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Largest Welfare Programs: 27th in the regionMost Inclusive: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 29th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 32nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 33rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 34th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 42nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 43rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 44th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 45th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 46th in the regionSafest: 50th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 52nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 53rd in the regionLargest Governments: 53rd in the regionMost Developed: 55th in the regionMost Cultured: 56th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 57th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 59th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 65th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 74th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 81st in the regionNudest: 88th in the regionBest Weather: 91st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 97th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 97th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 100th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 117th in the regionMost Pacifist: 123rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 123rd in the regionMost Armed: 128th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 140th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 150th in the regionMost Influential: 157th in the regionMost Politically Free: 170th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 180th in the regionLargest Populations: 203rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Balist was endorsed by The Democratic States of Bortheria.
  • : Following new legislation in Balist, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Following new legislation in Balist, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Balist was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Lisokyo.
  • : Following new legislation in Balist, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Balist to be bombproof.
  • : Following new legislation in Balist, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Balist was endorsed by The Republic of Liberdon.
  • : Balist was endorsed by The Constitutional Monarchy of The Republic of Osea.
  • : Following new legislation in Balist, government-run screening operations remove embryos with severe genetic disorders.
  • : Following new legislation in Balist, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.

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